Meditation, Ecstasy, States, Stations and Ascension
The a Maizbhandari salik travel the path of truth with ever increasing awareness of Allah. One aspect of awareness is the practice of Zikr .Zikr means ‘remembering Allah, ‘ usually by pronouncing His name or by uttering a number of recognized formula.
The various stage on the mystical path are known as maqamat, or the ‘station’, which can be reached by any Sufi by means of prayer, fasting, meditation, and the hal or mystical state, which may be vouchsafed to the Sufi by the Grace of God but is not attainable by the mystic’s own own efforts. A Sufi may be blessed by an experience, which reveals to his soul the reality of the whole universe, from the lowest layer of earth to the highest heaven. The experience is called mi’raj or the ‘ascension.’ In this , a Sufi is generally accompanied by the spirit of his shaykh, and comes in contact with spirits of other shaykhs and Prophets various stations are also revealed to him with different colors and lights